Volunteer with Animals

Alachua County Animal Services

Mission: Enriching the lives of cats and dogs during their stay is how volunteers assist in preparing them for their permanent adoptive homes. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Various

Volunteer Hours: Various

Contact: volunteer@alachuacounty.us

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Humane Society of North Central Florida

Mission: The Humane Society of North Central Florida is our community’s leading resource for pets and pet owners. Our mission is to eliminate the needless euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in North Central Florida. Formerly the Alachua County Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue and Helping Hands Pet Rescue, we joined forces in 2018 to streamline services for pets and the people who love them. Founded in Alachua County over 40 years ago, the Humane Society of North Central Florida is committed to ensuring every healthy or treatable companion animal in our region finds a loving, adoptive home.

Volunteer Opportunities: HSNCF has several locations throughout Gainesville. Each location works under the same mission, but with slightly different atmospheres. This means we should have a location that works for you in regards to location, hours, and general feel/tasks. We have volunteer opportunities in all departments of our organization. Our volunteers usually start out working with our animals-you can be a dog or cat volunteer at North Campus and/or a cat, dog or puppy ambassador at our PetSmart adoption events on the weekends. We also have volunteers working in our reception, thrift, outreach, admin, vaccine and wellness clinic, spay/neuter clinic and shelter medicine.

Volunteer Hours:  Depends on the volunteer positions, with many positions having flexible schedules throughout the week. 

Contact: Volunteer Team
(352) 373–5855 x706
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Mission: To engage individuals and organizations in creating a healthy and sustainable environment.

Volunteer Opportunities: As a network of over 500 environmental organizations, the type of volunteer activities our charities can offer is endless! From cleanups, to plantings, to nature walks, our overall goal is to connect our communities with the environmental causes we care most about.

Volunteer Hours: varied

Contact: Visit "Get Involved" section of website
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K9s For Warriors

Mission: K9s For Warriors is ending veteran suicide and returning our Warriors to a life of dignity and independence. We rescue and train shelter dogs to be paired as Service Dogs for Warriors with service-connected Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma.

Volunteer Opportunities: Kennel Caretaking, Landscaping work, Housekeeping opportunities

Volunteer Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, some weekends and holidays

(904) 686-1956 x126
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Operation Catnip

Mission: Operation Catnip advocates for and provides programs and services for community cats and their caregivers through sterilization, education, and collaboration, in order to achieve a vision of a humane community that embraces compassionate care for all cats.

Volunteer Opportunities: Operation Catnip operates high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter and vaccination clinics for unowned, free-roaming community cats at our clinic and in partnership with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to the opportunities available at our clinics, volunteers are also welcomed and appreciated at our administrative office for laundry help, at our catio caring for our adoptable Working Cats, and out in the community performing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services!

Volunteer Hours: Vary. Weekend and weekday opportunities available! Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information!

Contact: Kate Boisseau, Volunteer Coordinator
(352) 380–0940 ext. 4
Visit Website: www.ocgainesville.org

Pug Rescue of Florida

Mission: Pug Rescue of Florida, Inc. (PROoF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 animal rescue organization that exists for the sole purpose of finding caring, safe, and loving permanent homes for rescued, displaced, and homeless dogs of the Pug breed regardless of age or condition. PROoF operates through an organized network of volunteers and sustains itself through both fund-raising efforts and the generous financial support of private individuals and commercial entities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Foster a Pug - Pug Rescue of Florida, Inc. rescues pugs and pug mixes across the state of Florida and we need foster homes to continue to help the pugs in need. We provide the medical care, and you provide the shelter and love! If you live in Florida and can foster a rescue pug in your home, please complete the online foster application: http://pugrescueofflorida.org/foster-a-pug

Fundraising – We rely on the generosity of friends, supporters, and business sponsors to raise the funds needed to care for sick and injured pugs. We are looking for volunteers with non-profit fund raising experience to help us launch new programs online and throughout the state of Florida. Please the complete the online volunteer form: http://pugrescueofflorida.org/volunteer

Newsletters/Social Media – We love to keep in touch with our adopters, volunteers, supporters, and fellow pug lovers! We are looking for volunteers to help create newsletters, maintain email lists, and gather interesting/informative content for our social media channels. All work can be completed online so you can lend a hand from anywhere.

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Denise Henault, Gainesville Area Coordinator
(352) 219–9035
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Puppy Hill Farm

Mission: To reduce euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets at area shelters through our adoption program.

Volunteer Opportunities: Adoption day helpers (Butler plaza Petsmart), adoption day screeners, set up help for adoption events, foster homes, transport from shelters to rescue.

Volunteer Hours: Adoption help at Petsmart: Sat 10-2 or 1:30-5:30, Sun 11:45-2:45 or 2:45-5:45. Set up help needed Friday afternoons. Transport may be needed any day of the week.
Upcoming events needing extra help: North Florida Pet Adoption Days, June 3-4, Butler plaza Petsmart

(352) 478–1444
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St. Francis Pet Care

Mission: The mission of St. Francis Pet Care is to help people in our most vulnerable communities remain together with their pets so both can benefit from the human-animal bond. To this end, we provide primary non-emergency veterinary care to the companion animals of homeless persons, veterans referred from the VA and low income residents of Alachua County, Florida. We work to reduce the number of companion animals turned into shelters because their owners can no longer afford their care, and to increase the proportion of spayed and neutered pets in the population we serve. We educate our clients in responsible pet care and help them improve the lives of their pets.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers (veterinarians, vet techs and just regular people) to help at the downtown Clinic and at our monthly outreach clinics in Southwest Gainesville (SWAG) and GRACE Marketplace.  We also need surgical vet techs for spay/neuters on Mondays and other surgery days.  

- Volunteers to take photos of our clients, staff and patients that we can use on social media.

- Volunteers to take on key positions such as Volunteer Coordinator, Pet Food Coordinator and Events Coordinator

- Volunteers who want to organize and/or participate in groups (Social Media, Public Relation Events, Fundraising)

- Volunteers who can assist with email marketing campaigns (proficient with Mail Chimp)

- Volunteers who can transport pets and owners to and from clinic

- Volunteers to do online data entry

Volunteer Hours: The downtown clinic is open Tuesday mornings, 9:00 am–1:00 pm; additional clinic days are variable. Spay/neuter surgeries are done on Mondays; other surgeries may be scheduled throughout the week.  The outreach clinic at GRACE Marketplace is the third Sunday of each month from 2 - 4 pm. The SWAG outreach clinic is the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10 am - noon. Some volunteer jobs don't require being at a clinic.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
(352) 372–4959
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